I know Masoli had a statistically bad game (passing) against UCLA. However, I still think he should be starting, even with a healthy Roper. They've both basically played in 3 games with Masoli getting knocked out so early from the BSU game. Here's the stats for the year:
This suprised me. Even WITH the UCLA game, Masoli has better numbers in every category. The most glaring number to me is the TD/Int ratio. I'm reading comments about how we need Roper in there to compete against ASU/Cal/etc, but I disagree. I think the UCLA game was a combination of game plan because we knew we could run it down their throat, dropped passes, and Masoli's continued education into our offense.
Don't get me wrong, I like Roper. I think he's a pretty good QB. It just feels to me like I know exactly what I'm going to get from Roper...and I think the opponent does too. He may be more polished than Masoli, and he may know the offense better, but I think the potential that Masoli brings to the deep passing game (the TD pass to Harper was a great throw), combined with the serious threat of his running game makes him the starter. Teams are going to be respecting the keeper on the option now, and that's going to open things up that won't be open for Roper.
So, what does everyone think? Masoli or Roper for the start at ASU?